Cape Town, South Africa.
Dear Evangeline Ministries Friends:
Easter Greetings to you from Cape Town, South Africa!
For those of you in the North, Easter comes at springtime!
Hopefully winter is on her last farewell and budding flowers echo the new life, hope and joy we feel at Easter. For us in the South, our glorious summer is already giving us cold autumn and winter signals. However, as I drove into our Chasmay campus this week, I was greeted by the sight of these beautiful pink blooms from flowers planted by our gardener. He assured me they always bloom for Good Friday and Easter! My heart was filled with words of a song I used to sing so many years ago.
“What a wondrous time is a Spring, when all the trees are budding, the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming, that’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing, it’s fresh like Spring, you want to pass it on!!
It is God’s redeeming and life-changing love given to us through our crucified and resurrected Savior Jesus Christ, that we at Evangeline want to pass on to disadvantaged women from the township of Masiphumelele. Let me share with you three stories of hope from our Evangeline graduates.
What a delight it was recently to see one of our EM graduates, Khululwa, act in a one woman drama “A President in Waiting.” Even though Mr. Mandela has died, the woman portrays someone, who “as the next generation of black African women take the baton and
the platform.” Khululwa came to Evangeline from the Desmond Tutu Youth Foundation Center and was an outstanding graduate. Earlier in the week she visited me wearing a dress she had designed and sewed for herself. As she spoke about her new job and opportunities, she said, “I hope your program never stops. It has helped so
many of us.” Then she invited me to see her act in a play that spoke of the hope of so many young people for a better South Africa. It was double happiness for me to see her act and to also realize that her mother Phindiswa, who raised her in spite of tremendous difficulties, was among a precious group of powerful, praying women I met when I first arrived in Cape Town.
Three years ago Andiswa graduated as one of our honors students.And what a fashionista she was and is!! She quickly found a job as acashier at one of our premier grocery chains here in town. But when I met her recently she was glowing. She now has an even better job as a booking agent for an upscale conference center in town. Her mom is now in our class!
And finally meet Tarasai, our December 2015 graduate. She was so focused and strong in our class. She gave birth to a son while with us
and came right back to complete the semester as an honor student. I was more than eager to visit her at the new coffee shop where she had just found a job. Even better than the cappuccino she made for me, was when she showed me how her
computer class had helped her learn skills which gave
her the advantage in getting
her job and how she used those skills daily to order her supplies. “I can do Xcel and it’s all thanks to you,” she said. All three women are precious followers of Jesus Christ and they love the Bibles they received from us when they graduated.
And so we at Evangeline Ministries say thank you, always for your love, encouragement and support for these precious women God has entrusted to our care! Women who know how much God loves and cares for them! We always want to hear from you. Your continued help, prayer and financial support is much appreciated. You can donate via our website at evangelineministries.org or send to 5501 Merchants View Sq#277, Haymarket VA 20169. Your donation is tax deductible.
At this Easter time, we join you in celebrating the joy of Jesus who came, “that we might have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10.10)
Sincerely in Christ
Wendy E. Ryan
“Every path He leads us on is fragrant with His loving kindness and his truth.”(ps.25:8-10)
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